Standing up for Canberra

Statement on Shadow Assistant Ministerial appointment

I am honoured and delighted to be appointed by Bill Shorten to serve as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence Personnel.

I look forward to working with Labor’s Shadow Defence team – Richard Marles, Amanda Rishworth, Warren Snowdon and Mike Kelly – to continue to support those who support us all.

I also acknowledge the significant contribution made by my former Shadow Defence colleagues – Stephen Conroy and David Feeney. 

Labor believes Defence’s people are its greatest asset, recognising the sacrifices made by Defence personnel and their families in the service of our nation.

Both in the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Public Service, Defence personnel and their families represent a key foundation of Defence’s capability and effectiveness.

In my three years as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, I worked to ensure Defence personnel and their families are given the recognition they deserve.

This work built on my decade consulting in Defence across a broad range of areas – from capability acquisition and sustainment to personnel and financial management, Australian Defence Force Cadets, Indigenous, women’s and multicultural policy and cultural change.

Labor has long recognised the importance of developing a strong cyber capability. The former Labor Government opened the Cyber Security Operations Centre and released Australia’s first comprehensive cyber strategy.

This emphasis has never been more necessary. The threat of malicious cyber intrusion and disruption represents a real and present risk to our national security and economic prosperity.

It is a privilege to be afforded the opportunity to continue with that work, and I thank Bill Shorten for the chance to serve Labor in this role.